It's the time of the year when tall and spiky blooms appear and the most striking of all are the blooms of the red yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora.
They look striking en masse but equally so with a backdrop of Mexican feather grass. Their flowers are long lasting and attractive to hummingbirds.
The softleaf yucca, Yucca recurvifolia is also a spring bloomer with pendulous bells of white. It looks its most striking when in flower then retreats to a somewhat untidy appearance until it blooms again in the fall. Its presence in this spot may be long past its time. We shall see.
This is also the time when Manfreda sileri sends up her 4' bloom stalk from the rosette of speckled, strappy leaves.
Probably not everybody's cup of tea!
Then there are the 4' flower spikes of the Manfreda udulata, 'chocolate chips' This plant was a pass-a-long from a gardening friend who is no longer with us, but whom we remember every time her plant flowers, in our gardens, with these fascinating blooms.
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